Customer Reviews: Pioneer HTP-072 5.1-Channel Home Theater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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To begin with, I have a high end Yamaha Receiver, a "sort of" high end Marantz receiver and now this. For any apartment or even a home that just wants to be able to enjoy true surround sound and not get crazy spending money, this is great. No, it doesn't rip down walls with sheer power or have the extra HDMI ports I personally need to run ALL my devices. But it has all ANYONE needs to honestly enjoy decent sound and bring movies and music to life. If a person isn't an audiophile or sound snob, this is just fine for general use until you feel a need to move up to more features and better sound.

I instantly placed this in the master bedroom to power my old PS3 & XBOX, ROKU box and my prized Magnavox MDR533H/F7 HDD/DVD Recorder. This works just fine for those needs and allows me to use my main systems for my new (on order) XBOX One and new PS4 for after the holiday season. I like this SO much (given the price) that I have actually decided that once my now 12+ years old HUGE Polk Audio speakers bite the dust, I am going to buy a tiny compact "matched" set of speakers more in this very small (but efficient) size. This system takes up very little space, sounds fine and costs so little, that it is actually changing my mind somewhat about the need to spend a fortune on A/V equipment when like computers, advances are coming at a more rapid rate and I no longer see the need to break the bank when so much new product is coming so fast.

----I rate these a solid 5 for price.
----I rate then a 3+ on sound.
----I rate these a 3 on features
----Overall I give this a well deserved 4 stars over all. I will add to the review with time and experience as well as reliability of this system.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I recently had one of the most horrible product experiences with thePanasonic SC-HTB770 3.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer. The experience was so bad, I was hesitant to even try another system to be honest. However, I had to replace the Panasonic junk, so I gave it a shot. And I am glad I did.

The Pioneer is a perfect system in my opinion, albeit not a state of the art system that would satisfy the most hardcore audiophile. It is probably best classified as an entry level system lacking advanced features such as networking or a hard Ipod/Iphone dock though it does play music from USB drives. The unit comes with all the standard AV connections and 4 HDMI as well as an optical out. These should be enough to make most people happy. The remote control is near perfect. The unit handles all Dolby formats as well as 3D (which, I have no experience with). The remote speakers also come with mounting brackets though I read some literature on the Pioneer website that said it did not; mine did. The unit also has "Eco Mode" which I found works very well. However, I found no way to by-pass this energy saving mode and some people may not like this.

The sound from this unit fills a very large room in my house, which really surprised me since I heard many bad things about "cubed speakers." It is a large room with very high cathedral ceilings with a cat walk that runs through it. Definitely better than any sound bar I have ever used including the Boston Acoustics TVee Model 30 Sound System with Sleek Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer (Black), which I thought was good. I found the system reliable and there was no delay in the sound like in some units.

I definitely recommend this system at the lower prices I have seen through Amazon (not another seller).
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Although marketed as an "Entry Level" system, the "HTP 072" 5.1 surround system is anything but.

With all of the features that you'd expect from a system that came out this year, this system has it all:

+ 100w/ channel
+ 4K HD (aka 2x 1080)
+ 3D- compatible
+ iOS connectors
+ "Eco Mode"
+ stream multi-lossy format compatible (mp3, wma, aac)

The sound on this is, as Pioneer products have always been, powerful.
Although not as crisp and pristine as the Marantz 1504, it is much more powerful.

There's only one thing that I find an annoying drawback: Pioneer opted to support the A/V receiver with some low-end accessories. The speaker wires are barely pass as acceptable.

Before I tested out the supplied speakers, I attached the main AV unit to Yamaha's NS-SP1800 speaker set along with MediaBridge's 16-gauge speaker wire. There's no comparison. The true fidelity of the Pioneer shines through the Yamaha speakers and the 16-gauge speaker wire.

At $400, the HTP 072 sits at the higher end of the moderately priced home theater systems. You can actually find many of last year's higher end models with most of the same features as this system for about $50-$275 (minus this year's bells and whistles, of course)... and, that's what makes it so disappointing: a quality receiver and lower level speaker and budget wiring.

If you were just to buy the receiver or if you have a great pair of speakers like the Yamaha and just upgrade by the piece, this becomes a stellar, stellar home theater system that you won't need to replace for at least 7 years.
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VINE VOICEon November 23, 2013
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For the price, this is not a bad starter system for someone who is setting up a home theater on a budget, or in an apartment where one good thump deserves another. If money were no object you could easily spend as much or more on a good subwoofer than this entire system costs. On the other hand, if this system did pack the wallop of higher end systems with a nice rumble and thump, it would probably be answered by a thump from your neighbors fist on the adjoining wall. This makes this the prefect system for the budget conscious or close quartered. In either scenario, this system will provide enough sound immersion to keep you and your neighbors happy. But that’s just it, it’s just enough. Sound quality is thin, lacking the richness of higher end sound systems. Sure you will get the experience of a Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter pursuing X-Wings through your living room, but you only hear it, you don’t feel it, so it never really FEELS like Darth Vader just flew through your living room as it would with a higher end system. A lot of the reason for this is the lack of deep bass. Bass should be felt, not just heard, and even when pumped to the max, the bass in this system was neither felt nor really heard, giving the auditory illusion of movement, but never really sealing the deal.

One other thing that bothered us is that as an entry level surround system, we’re surprised that Pioneer didn’t embrace the novice consumer and try to provide the best experience possible from this system by including the auto-setup function available on many of other Pioneer receivers. On other receivers, optimum setup is achieved by placing a microphone in the listening area of the room, the tuner then automatically adjusts output levels for each speaker by picking up sound tones from them and gauging how far away they are from the listener. The end result is that the listening area is optimized for what the consumer wants to be the sweet spot of their home theater setup, rather than making adjustments manually, or moving furniture to a fixed spot in the viewing area. Why make what is already a settling for less experience even worse by not helping them optimize the sound out of the equipment that is within their budget. We believe this would win customers over and having them come back for another Pioneer system, when finances, or living space are improved upon.
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on November 27, 2013
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This is a great home theater system for a relatively low cost. I have an Onkyo receiver that I use in a different room that cost a good deal more and the main difference between them is not the features or the sound but the number of inputs: this Pioneer model costs a lot less and simply has fewer inputs. Which should be fine for you as long as you don't have too many sources and they are all HDMI or SPDIF.

For TV, there's 4 HDMI in, 1 optical in and 3 standard (red/white/yellow) inputs. There are NO composite inputs so be warned! If you need composite in you'll need to buy a converter box to go from composite to HDMI....or get a different receiver that offers composite inputs. (My Onkyo has 3 composite inputs in addition to the HDMI but then, it also cost a lot more, so pick your poison.)

Sound-wise, it's great. I use it in a smaller computer/entertainment room and it sounds great. There are options to do speaker-fill to convert stereo to use all speakers and otherwise the controls are standard. I had more than enough wire for the small room but if you're doing a large room you may need more wire (that's pretty typical for boxed stereos -- they give you enough wire to handle "typical" setups. Your milage may vary.)

There's also inputs for AM/FM radio antennas (included) and CD/coax so really the only thing missing here is composite inputs. Most everything produced in the last 5 years is HDMI anyway, but check your needs. (I have my computer hooked up through the SPDIF/optical channel, which works out fine.)

Oh, and if you've never had a home theater system, you are definitely missing out. All movies these days have awesome 5.1 sound and you're missing the full effect if you're still using plain old stereo!
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VINE VOICEon November 15, 2013
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While this offering from Pioneer may not have all the bells and whistles of other higher priced offerings (networking capabilities, bluetooth, wireless rear speakers, etc.), it does make up for it with the most important feature of an audio system, sound quality. I've always had great experiences with Pioneer speakers and this home theater system has continued that trend. The sound quality is very impressive as the speakers provide crisp sharps and the subwooofer adds a wonderful mix of bass. I've been enjoying these speakers for the past few weeks and have been very impressed with the surround capabilities provided by this system as my viewing choices have included a wide range from football games to action/adventure movies. In terms of the set-up, it would have made it much easier on my if the rear speakers had a wireless transponder but for this price point, you have to accept the trade-off. Overall, if you can maneuver the rear speaker cables and not have the wires be an issue in your living room, this is a great sound system for a very reasonable price.
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VINE VOICEon December 19, 2013
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This system offers affordability and one box convenience with a sound quality I would expect in this price range. The HTP-072 simply does not have near the sound quality or features of more expensive components. But its audio is a big improvement over the average built-in television speakers.

The first thing I noticed was how light weight the box it came in was. My Onkyo and Denon A/V receivers seem to be heavier than all this entire system. There is an upside to the light weight, though. Combined with their small size, the light weight of the speakers makes them very easy to mount just about anywhere. I had no trouble quickly mounting them.

The subwoofer, too, is light. And it's not powered. But that's why this system is so affordable.

But how does everything sound? Better than OK but not close to great, if that makes sense. The system lacks punch. I found myself having to crank the volume up very loud to get it to sound the way I liked. There is no wow factor. No one will mistake your living room for a "home theater".

However, considering the good price, the ease of installation, and the convenience of one box, the HTP-072 is not a bad system.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon October 26, 2013
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
You could easily spend as much as this package sells for on either a receiver or a 5.1 speaker system alone... but with this combo, you get both. The receiver doesn't have a whole lot of premium features like networking capabilities but it is still a great value, even for an entry-level receiver. On top of standard A/V features, you have the ability to play music from USB drives. It is also 3D and 4K compatible which is great for future-proofing. It handles all Dolby and DTS formats. The back of the receiver has 4 HDMI inputs and also has an optical audio output if needed. It also comes with an AM/FM antenna. The auto power-down feature is nice so it isn't sucking a whole lot of power when it isn't being used.

The speakers and subwoofer sound good. They aren't as powerful as speakers like the Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater speakers but they are quite good. The bass on the subwoofer is definitely better than most soundbars I have heard. The speakers are compact and the satellite speakers come with mounting brackets. Speaker connections on the receiver are the standard twist-and-insert kind (not banana-plug compatible).

If you purchase this set, make sure you select the cheapest retailer on this page (which is usually Amazon). Sometimes a more expensive seller shows as the main seller and you have to select Amazon as the seller on the right side of the page! I am mentioning this because as of the time of my review, the main seller on the page is about twenty five dollars more than Amazon on the right side of the page.

I definitely recommend this package to anyone who is looking for a great entry-level system or for one to put in an apartment, bedroom, or office.
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on August 27, 2015
Excellent sound system!
Only remark will be about the shipment.
When i received the box, it was completely messed up.
The box was literally falling apart, even the inner styrofoam protection was broken into pieces.
I was very worried the system would be broken too, but it works fine.
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on August 6, 2014
I received this as a christmas present in 2013 and although the sound quality seems to be fine for my needs the quality just didn't last. By July '14 the HDMI ports failed. The worst part is Pioneers approach to warranty coverage. For me I had to travel 1hr each way to drop of the unit to a service center and they had to order a part that ultimately was on back order so they would not provide an ETA. It's now been 2+ weeks and I still have no idea if or when my unit will be fixed.

I would have expected Pioneer to accept an RMA and at the very least ship me a refurbished replacement. Asking the customer to take a product that is less than 1 year old to a service center and then fixing it is archaic.
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